The 34th edition of Africa’s biggest football showpiece was meant to take place in Ivory Coast next June to July.
CAF President Dr. Patrice Motsepe during the press conference in Rabat. CAF Photo.
The President of the
Confederation of African Football (CAF), Dr. Patrice Motsepe has announced that
the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2023 will now be played in
edition of Africa’s biggest football showpiece was meant to take place in Ivory
Coast next June to July.
“The 2023 Africa Cup of
Nations will now be played between January and February 2024,” said Dr. Mostepe during
a press conference in Rabat, Morocco today.
Dr. Motsepe made it clear
that the issue of the AFCON is among the items they discussed during the
Executive Meeting today.
"It is after
deliberations we came into the decision, we have partners and even though we
make decisions, it is out of respect that we take the advice we are getting
that we cannot take a risk and so that is why we have
made the necessary announcement today,” he added.
There had been complaints
by some quarters that hosting an AFCON in Ivory Coast between June and July
would be impossible because of the heavy rains during that period.
"It is not good for
African football to play a tournament that can be washed out, it is not good
for Africa and the continent at large and so we have to postpone it. I am happy
and impressed with the infrastructure put in place by Ivory Coast in readiness
for the tournament and I am sure they will host a very good tournament," added Dr. Motsepe.
Teams from the CECAFA
region Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia, Sudan and South Sudan are
part of the AFCON 2022 qualifiers.
Uganda Cranes kick
started the campaign with a 2-0 defeat away to Algeria before drawing settling
for a 1-1 home draw against Niger.